The brain is not a bag of chemical soup, and it's a mistake to try to treat complex psychiatric disorders just by changing the flavor.

David Anderson

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“Your Brain Is More Than a Bag of Chemicals.” TEDxCaltech. Jan. 2013. Conference Presentation.


"Your Brain Is More Than a Bag of Chemicals." TEDxCaltech. Jan. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Additional Information: This quote is from neurobiologist David Anderson's 2013 TED Talk on the biological basis for psychiatric disorders and problems with the current treatment paradigm for these disorders. This quote means that the medications prescribed to treat psychiatric disorders treat the brain as if it were only comprised of chemicals (such as the neurochemicals dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine). The reality, says Anderson, is that the brain is much more complex than this, and that psychiatrists generally have an oversimplified and outdated view of psychiactric disorders. Moreover, because they act by globally changing brain chemistry, psychiatric medications cause many unpleasant side effects. Watch the full TED Talk here: David Anderson - Your Brain Is More Than a Bag of Chemicals